Safety & Care
Your DIRECTV® HD Receiver has been designed and manufactured to stringent quality and safety standards. You should,
however, be aware of the following important precautions for safe and optimal use of the equipment.
Meaning of symbols printed on the rear panel of the product:
•
The “ bolt of lightning” indicates un-insulated material within your unit may cause an electrical shock. For the safety of
everyone in your household, please do not remove product covering.
•
The “exclamation point” calls attention to features for which you should read the enclosed literature closely to prevent
operating and maintenance problems.
Important Safety Instructions
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Read these instructions.
Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with dry cloth.
Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that
produce heat.
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider
than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are
provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the
obsolete outlet.
Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where
they exit from the apparatus.
Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart
is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such
as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has
been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
WARNING
To reduce the risk of fire or
electric shock, do not expose
this product to rain or moisture. The apparatus shall
not be exposed to dripping
or splashing and that no objects filled with liquids, such
as vases, shall be placed on
the apparatus.
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We highly recommend plugging
the DIRECTV Receiver into a
surge protector to prevent damage
from fluctuations in your power
supply.
IMPORTANT:
Be sure not to place
your DIRECTV Receiver
near anything WET or
HOT!
• CAUTION: Avoid moisture to reduce the risk of fire or electric shock. The DIRECTV Receiver should not be used near water
(for example, kitchen sink, bathtub, pool, damp basement). Also, never spill liquid on the receiver, and do not place vases or
other vessels containing liquid on top of it.
• Ensure proper ventilation — the vent slots on the DIRECTV Receiver must be left uncovered to allow proper airflow to the
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF
unit. Blocking the airflow to the unit could impair performance or damage your receiver and other components.
ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE
• Do not stack electronic components or other objects on top of the DIRECTV Receiver. Also, do not stack the receiver on top
COVER (OR BACK).
of a “hot component” such as an audio power amplifier.
N O USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
• Protect your components from power surges by connecting all the components before plugging any power cords into the wall
R EFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE
outlet. Use of a surge protector is also recommended.
PERSONNEL.
• Don’t overload power outlets or extension cords, which can result in the risk of fire or shock. It’s also important to use only the
type of power source indicated on the marking label or in this manual.
• To prevent electrical shock, this apparatus shall be connected to a mains socket outlet with a protective earthing and fully inserted.
• Avoid audio hum or interference by inserting all cable plugs firmly into their jacks. Also, place Audio/Video (A/V) cables to the sides of the TV back panel rather than
down the middle once connected. Try not to coil any twin-lead cables and keep them away from A/V cables as much as possible.
• Never insert objects of any kind into any openings in the DIRECTV Receiver (other than the DIRECTV ® Access Card as detailed in this chapter).
• Place it on a flat, hard surface — do not operate the DIRECTV Receiver on a carpet or other padded surface.
• Always unplug your DIRECTV Receiver before moving it.
• Always unplug the DIRECTV Receiver, TV and other equipment before you connect or disconnect any cables.
• Leave the main power connector accessible the mains connector at the back of the unit in case of emergency shutdown
• CAUTION: Electric Shock — never attempt to disassemble the DIRECTV Receiver yourself; always take it to a qualified service person when repair is required. Opening
or removing covers may expose dangerous voltage or other risks, and incorrect reassembly can cause shock when receiver is subsequently used. Attempted self-repair may
also void your warranty. Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance (by the warranty or by the manufacturer) could void the
user’s authority to operate the equipment.
• Do not drop your DIRECTV Receiver and always move it with care.
• Have your DIRECTV Receiver professionally serviced (do not attempt to service it yourself)
• Any changes or modifications in construction of this device which are not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to
operate the equipment.
• To reduce the risk of fire, use only No. 26 AWG or larger telecommunications line cord.
• Do not install this equipment in a confined space such as a book case or similar unit.
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
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For your information:
• The identification sticker can be located underneath or on the back of your receiver.
• The telecommunication network voltage used is the category number 3.
Note to Satellite Dish Installer
This reminder is provided to call your attention to articles 810 and 820 of the 2002 National Electrical Code. Refer to article 810, in particular 810-1 and 810-15, for
required grounding of the metal structure of the dish antenna. Refer also to the 810-2 which, by reference to article 820, requires that the satellite dish coaxial cable
shield be connected to the grounding system of the building as close to the point of cable entry as practical.
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Great TV viewing is in your
hands!
A good way to begin learning about your
DIRECTV System is to familiarize yourself with
the remote control. You’ll find further details
throughout the User Guide relating to specific
functions.
Keys in the shaded area below can be programmed to function with your VCR, DVD player or stand-alone DVR unit.
MODE SWITCH
Changes remote to control other
TV INPUT equipment, for example, a DVD
Changes the “source” — the piece of equipment
whose signal is displayed on your TV
AV1 AV2 TV
®
FORMAT
TV
INPUT
& TV
POWER
Cycles through HD resolution and screen format options
Navigating 101
REPLAY
You’ll find you can get around nearly all onscreen
menus the same simple way.
REWIND
ON
OFF
FFWD
R
To place batteries in your remote control:
1. Remove cover from the battery compartment by
sliding it downward.
2. Insert 2 AA batteries (supplied), matching
the positive (+) and negative (–) at each end.
3. Slide the cover back on to complete installation.
To program your remote control:
1. See “Programming Your Remote Control” on page 70.
RECORD
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LIST
ID
GU
IT
ACTIVE
SELECT
EXIT
GUIDE
Exits any menu and returns to last channel viewed
Displays the onscreen program Guide
SELECT
BA
CK
FO
IN
MENU
Selects any highlighted item
BACK
BLUE
CHAN
VOL
PAGE
RED
In Guide, jumps 12 hours back; other functions
vary — look for onscreen hints
PREV
GREEN
VOLUME
1
2 abc
3 def
4 ghi
5 jkl
6 mno
7pqrs
8 tuv
9 wxyz
—
0_
ENTER
MUTE
Toggles sound volume on/off
NUMBER KEYS & DASH
Tune to a channel directly; also input numbers
when needed in onscreen menus
Move highlight to items in whatever direction needed
Displays info for a highlighted or fullscreen
program
MENU
Raises or lowers volume
ARROWS
INFO
Takes you to the screen you visited previously
In Guide, jumps 12 hours forward; other functions
vary — look for hints onscreen
LIST
Displays your To Do List
Displays the DIRECTV Active™ Channel–
local weather and more!
Displays a compact menu of settings and services
Quick Tip
ACTIVE
EX
Note: Don’t worry about getting stuck in a menu. You can always
press EXIT to return to video.
ADVANCE
PLAY
PAUSE
4Choose it… by pressing SELECT while the item
is highlighted.
DIRECTV & TV POWER ON/OFF
Turns your TV and DIRECTV HD Receiver on and off
PWR
FORMAT
STOP
4Highlight… a menu or button by using the
ARROW keys (up, down, left and right).
POWER
Turns your DIRECTV HD Receiver and other equipment on and off, as selected with MODE switch
In live TV, displays the Mini Guide; other functions
vary — look for onscreen hints
YELLOW
In fullscreen TV, cycles through alternate audio
tracks; other functions vary — look for onscreen
hints
CHAN/PAGE
In live TV, changes channel up or down; in a menu,
such as the Guide, scrolls page up or down
PREV
Tunes to last channel viewed
ENTER
Activates channel number entries quickly
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Welcome to the DIRECTV Family!
Getting Started
Welcome ......................................................................................................................................... 2
Installation and Activation ............................................................................................................. 4
DIRECTV HD Receiver Front Panel ............................................................................................ 5
DIRECTV HD Receiver Rear Panel ............................................................................................. 6
What’s On
Watching TV ............................................................................................................................... 11
The Guide .................................................................................................................................... 15
Autotune ...................................................................................................................................... 17
Pay Per View................................................................................................................................. 19
The Quick Menu
Using the Quick Menu ................................................................................................................22
Settings.........................................................................................................................................22
Audio Options.............................................................................................................................. 24
Dolby® Digital .............................................................................................................................. 25
Category Sort ...............................................................................................................................26
Pay Per View.................................................................................................................................26
Find By......................................................................................................................................... 27
Date & Time................................................................................................................................28
Favorites .......................................................................................................................................28
Caller ID & Messages .................................................................................................................. 29
Parental Controls..........................................................................................................................30
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This is the
Table of
Contents
Other Info
Troubleshooting ...........................................................................................................................36
Limited 90-Day Warranty............................................................................................................ 45
Product Information .................................................................................................................... 50
DIRECTV PROTECTION PLAN ............................................................................................ 51
FCC Customer Information......................................................................................................... 53
Installation
Pretty Simple,
Right?
Before you begin .......................................................................................................................... 58
Hardware Reference ..................................................................................................................... 58
Making the Video Connections ................................................................................................... 62
Making the Audio Connections ...................................................................................................64
Making the Basic Connections ....................................................................................................66
Guided Setup ...............................................................................................................................68
Activate Your DIRECTV Service ................................................................................................ 69
Programming Your Remote Control ............................................................................................ 70
Using an IR/RF Remote to Control Your DIRECTV HD Receiver ........................................... 71
Receiving Local “Off-Air” Broadcast Channels ........................................................................... 72
High-Def 101
About High-Definition ................................................................................................................ 74
Options For Changing Video Output .........................................................................................77
Supported Resolutions and Formats ............................................................................................. 79
Wide-Screen vs. Standard Formats...............................................................................................80
Index ......................................................................................................................................... 85
Icon Reference ........................................................................................... Inside back cover
Important
Important: This device incorporates an anticopy process technology that is protected by U.S. patents and other intellectual property rights. The anticopy process is licensed for non-commercial, home use only. Reverse engineering or disassembly is prohibited. Unauthorized changes or modifi cations to this equipment may void the user’s authority to operate it.
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Are you ready to watch totally
cool, high-definition TV?
We thought so.
Chapter 1
2
Welcome
4
Installation and Activation
5
DIRECTV HD Receiver Front Panel
6
DIRECTV HD Receiver Rear Panel
Getting
Started
1
Welcome
With its astounding variety of channels and choices, crisp digital-quality picture and sound and oneof-a-kind sports and events, DIRECTV® HD service offers everything you’d want in your television
You can find additional
experience. With the DIRECTV® HD Receiver you can expect more than ever before, with access
information and the latest
to over 225 channels, including our awesome HD selections and over 30 premium movie channels,
updates at DIRECTV.com.
with something to please everyone in the family. DIRECTV Pay Per View offers a handy choice in
recent hit movies, plus exciting live sports, concerts and specials, even Pay Per View selections in HD.
There’s exclusive sports subscriptions for every taste and team. Even access to 36 commercial-free music
channels!
To deliver this unique programming and enhance your entertainment experience, the DIRECTV
HD Receiver has been designed to be simple and user-friendly. You’ll find that most features are selfexplanatory, with onscreen directions to lead you through them.
So, welcome to the family.
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What You Can Watch
With the DIRECTV HD Receiver, you have access to all types of televised programming, including:
4 DIRECTV high-definition and standard-definition digital programming via satellite, including
network channels if offered in your area (DIRECTV service subscription required).
4 Local digital TV channels, including any local HD broadcasts shown in your area, available via an offair antenna.
Equipment You’ll Need
To view HD programming, you’ll need, in addition to your DIRECTV HD Receiver:
4 A high-definition TV set (or HDTV monitor)
4 A 5 LNB Multi-Satellite dish antenna—MPEG4 and Ka/Ku compatible
To enjoy select HD programming available on off-air local channels, you will also need an off-air
With an optional
off-air antenna,
you can also
watch locally
broadcast HD
channels.
antenna (sold separately) connected to your DIRECTV HD Receiver. This is possible only in cities
where local broadcast stations make digital TV programs, including high-definition, available.
Reception may vary based on your geographic location.
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Installation and Activation
If you or a professional installer have not yet connected your DIRECTV Plus HD Receiver and other
components, please see Appendix A, Installation at the end of this User Guide. Following activation, you
will need to activate your DIRECTV service. If you have not activated already, see page 69 for more
information.
Package Contents
The following items are included with your DIRECTV HD Receiver:
4 A/V cables (RCA type)
4 User Guide
4 S-Video cable
4 Phone cord
4 IR Remote Control & batteries
4 Component Video cables (YPbPr)
4 Power cord
4 B-Band Converter
4 Access card
4
MENU
ACTIVE
SELECT
INFO
i 480p 720p
1080i
Locate the
access card that
came with your
DIRECTV HD
Receiver. Write
down the card
number in the
space below,
then insert the
card into the
receiver, facing
upward, fully into
the slot.
Card #
Your equipment may not look exactly like the model illustrated.
DIRECTV HD Receiver Front Panel
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POWER – Turns your DIRECTV HD Receiver on or off. Your Receiver still tunes and receives
messages when powered off.
REMOTE SENSOR – The infrared sensor picks up commands from the remote control.
GUIDE – Displays the onscreen program guide.
RESOLUTION/RESOLUTION INDICATOR – The RESOLUTION key switches the output
resolution of the HD receiver. Each time you press the key, it cycles to the next available resolution:
1080i, 720p, 480i and 480p. The adjacent lights indicate the current resolution setting.
MENU – Brings up the Quick Menu to access settings and services.
ARROWS – Move the onscreen highlight up, down, left or right.
SELECT – Selects the item highlighted.
ACTIVE – Displays the DIRECTV Active™ Channel—local weather and more!
INFO – Displays channel banner or info to a highlighted program or channel cell.
DOOR PANEL – The access card slot and RESET button are located behind the door panel.
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COMPONENT
OUT
6
OFF AIR IN
RF REMOTE
ANTENNA
SATELLITE IN
DIGITAL
AUDIO OUT
(OPTICAL)
S-VIDEO
OUT
HDMI
USB
VIDEO OUT
1
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AC IN
PHONE
JACK
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AUDIO OUT
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7
8
9
10
11
12
Your equipment may not look exactly like the model illustrated.
DIRECTV HD Receiver Rear Panel
1)
OFF-AIR IN – Used to receive local, off-air digital broadcast channels.
2) SATELLITE IN – Use to connect the DIRECTV HD Receiver to the satellite dish antenna.
3)
USB – For future services and accessories. Additional hardware may be required.
4) S-VIDEO OUT – Provides the best non-HD picture quality, better than VIDEO RCA-type jacks.
If your TV has only RCA and S-Video jacks, use it along with the audio jacks (S-Video only carries
picture information, not sound) to connect to your TV.
5) VIDEO OUT – Provides good, but non-HD, picture quality. You can connect the second RCAtype composite VIDEO jack to another device, such as a VCR. You must also connect the AUDIO
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cables when using the VIDEO connection.
The Rear Panel
may look
complicated,
but you probably
won’t use all the
connections.
6) COMPONENT OUT/ YPbPr (G, R, B) – Provides good HD picture quality, but not as good
as HDMI. YPbPr carries only picture information, not sound; use it along with a digital audio
Connect video,
audio, your
satellite dish,
a phone line,
power, and
you’re done!
connection or Audio Out (L/R red/white) jacks.
7) AUDIO OUT (R and L) – Connect a second set of audio cables to another component, such as a
VCR or stereo.
8) DIGITAL AUDIO OUT (OPTICAL) – Provides digital-quality audio signal. (Cable sold
separately.)
9) HDMI – Provides the best quality HD picture (better than YPbPr/component video). The HDMI
also provides audio, for a high-quality, “one-cable” solution. (Cable sold separately.)
10) RF REMOTE ANTENNA – Used to receive the signal from an RF-capable remote that’s been
set up for RF usage. (RF remote sold seperately. Contact DIRECTV Customer Service at 1800-DIRECTV or DIRECTV.com, or see the retailer where you acquired your DIRECTV HD
Receiver.)
11) PHONE JACK – Connects the DIRECTV HD Receiver to a telephone line. The DIRECTV HD
Receiver requires a land-based telephone line connection to communicate periodically with your
program provider.
12) POWER – Use to connect the power cord for your DIRECTV HD Receiver.
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Now let’s watch some TV!
11 Watching TV
Chapter 2
15 The Guide
17 Autotune
19 Pay Per View
What’s On
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Watching TV
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Use the Channel Lineup (included
Now that everything’s set up, you’re ready to grab your remote and start surfing!
in your Welcome package) to get
familiar with our channel numbers.
With the MODE switch to the left (under the DIRECTV logo), press PWR. To access the channel
of your choice, simply key in its numbers on your remote (the channel will appear in a second or two,
or press ENTER after the numbers and it will appear right away). You can also navigate to different
channels through the Guide, described in detail later in this chapter. Keep in mind, either way, you’ll
only be able to access those channels in your chosen DIRECTV® programming package. For a list of the
channels available in the DIRECTV programming packages, visit DIRECTV.com.
Use the black keys on the left side of your remote control to adjust volume up or down (VOL) or mute
VOL
CHAN
the sound (MUTE). The black keys on the right side can take you to the next channel numerically up or
PAGE
down (CHAN), or jump to the previous channel you watched (PREV).
PREV
DIRECTV Active™ Channel
The DIRECTV Active™ Channel provides a variety of interactive services, including daily and extended
weather forcasts, daily horoscopes, lottery results, pay per view and broadcast TV recommendations,
and special DIRECTV promotions.
Press the ACTIVE key to access these features.
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3
4
5
6
7
1
Current Date & Time
The Channel Banner
Any time you tune to a channel, the Channel Banner appears across the top of the screen, displaying
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DIRECTV Channel
3
Program Info
4
Current Favorites
info on the channel and show you are currently watching:
1) Current date & time
2) DIRECTV Channel – Channel logo, number and call letters of the station you’re currently viewing.
3) Program Info – Program title, stop and start time and rating of the current program.
4) Current Favorites – Favorite Channels list currently in use.
5) Audio options – A “fi lled in” icon indicates alternate audio options are available. A “hollow” icon,
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Audio Options
6
Messages
7
Parental Controls
no alternate audio options are available.
6) Messages – A “fi lled in” icon indicates new DIRECTV messages in Caller ID & Messages. A
“hollow” icon, there are no new or unread messages.
7) Parental Controls – Parental Controls lock status. Three icons: Locked (“fi lled-in” lock icon),
unlocked (“hollow” unlocked icon) and temporarily unlocked (“fi lled-in” locked icon).
To see program details at any time
press INFO on your remote (press
Music Channels
a second time to clear). Select
More Info button to see additional
options.
Your DIRECTV service includes dozens of enjoyable, continuous, commercial-free music channels with something for every
taste. Tune to these just as you would to any channel. You’ll see a special Channel Banner that initially displays the channel
description (for example, “Alternative,” “Today’s Country”). As each song is played, its info will appear in the banner,
including song title, artist and record company..
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The Guide
Overview of the DIRECTV Advanced Program Guide®
The Guide displays listings of current and upcoming programs for up to 7 days in advance. Find out
what’s on (now or later), change the channel, find and purchase a pay per view movie or event, or search
for a program you’re interested in.
Icons you may see in the Guide:
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Press the GUIDE key twice to skip
– Broadcast in letterbox (16:9 widescreen) format
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– All Day Ticket Pay Per View showings (pay once, watch all day)
4
– HD program
4
– Dolby Digital audio available
GU
ID
E
the Category Sort screen.
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Press the GUIDE key on your remote, then choose how you want to fi lter the Guide (or press GUIDE
E
GU
ID
Getting Around in the Guide
twice to skip the fi lter). Select All Channels, or channels in a specific category.
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LIST
IT
GU
ID
EX
E
ACTIV
Moving through the Guide is simple:
4 The UP, DOWN, LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys move you through listings and time slots.
Highlight a program or channel cell to view its description.
SELECT
4 Use the CHAN key up or down to scroll a full page.
4 Press the RED or GREEN keys to move forward or back in time.
4 To tune to a program that is on now, highlight the program and press SELECT. Selecting a future
program displays program information.
4 Press INFO when you’ve highlighted a show in the Guide to view a more in-depth description and
options. Pressing INFO when you’ve highlighted the channel name displays the channel’s listing for
up to 7 days.
4 Press SELECT when you’ve highlighted a channel cell (far left) to view that channel in the TV
window.
4 Press MENU to see Guide options, change your Favorites list, or jump to a desired date and time.
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CK
MENU
INF
O
Highlight an item by using the arrow
keys to move LEFT, RIGHT, UP or
DOWN. Press SELECT to access the
information or channel.
Autotune
An even better way to catch all your favorites
Autotune is a great way to see your favorite programs on your schedule. You won’t forget to tune to
Don’t you hate
when you miss
a show just
because you
forget it’s on?
So do we.
your favorite team’s playoff game because you got distracted. Just set a program to autotune and your
DIRECTV ® Receiver will tune to it automatically when it starts.
To schedule a program for autotuning with specific options:
1) Highlight a program that interests you and press INFO.
2) Highlight and select Autotune. A screen is displayed where you can set Autotune options for that
program. Follow the onscreen instructions to set the program to autotune as you wish.
3) Select the Set Autotune button, then OK on the confirmation screen.
If a program you select to autotune conflicts with another program, you will be notified of the conflict at
the time and given a choice of which autotune to cancel.
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Changing Autotune Options/Canceling an Autotune
Once you have scheduled a program to autotune, you can change the autotune options or cancel the
autotune by selecting the program in the Guide or the To Do List (press LIST); then, select the Autotune
item in the left menu, and follow the onscreen instructions to change the program’s options or cancel
the Autotune completely. For all programs, you can extend Autotune start and stop times (for example,
start 1 minute before the program; stop 5 minutes after the scheduled end of the program).
Recording to VCR
To record a program on your VCR, make sure you’ve connected your VCR properly to your DIRECTV
Receiver, then set up your VCR to record at the same time as a scheduled autotune and you’re set. See
your VCR User’s Guide for information on how to set it up for scheduled or manual recording.
Important
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To obtain optimum picture quality, make sure the receiver is connected directly to the TV. Connecting the receiver to the
TV through a VCR or DVD recorder is known to yield less than optimum picture quality, particularly when viewing copyprotected programming.
Use Autotunes
to record your
favorite shows to
your VCR.
Pay Per View
The Latest Movies, 24 Hours a Day
You don’t have to go out for the best and biggest movies and special events! Recent hits and events like
sports, comedy and more are available 24 hours a day on DIRECTV ® Pay Per View. You’ll find them
listed in the Guide in the 100s.
Tune to a pay per view program or press INFO on a highlighted pay per view program. Select the Buy
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You can also order DIRECTV Pay
option and follow the onscreen instructions. As long as your receiver has been connected to a land-based
phone line, you can use your remote to order.
Per View movies and events on the
Internet at DIRECTV.com or over the
You can cancel your pay per view order for any reason as long as none of the program has been viewed.
phone at 1-800-531-5000. Keep in
Press LIST to display the To Do List. Press SELECT on the Purchase item in the left menu. Select the
mind, though, there is an additional
desired program and follow the onscreen instructions.
ordering fee for purchases placed
over the phone.
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This is no ordinary menu....
It’s really, um, quick!
Chapter 3
22 Using the Quick Menu
22 Settings
24 Audio Options
24 Dolby® Digital
25 Category Sort
26 Pay Per View
The Quick
Menu
26 Find By
27 Date & Time
27 Favorites
28 Caller ID & Messages
29 Parental Controls
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Using the Quick Menu
Press MENU on your remote to easily access DIRECTV® features. Once the Quick Menu is displayed,
use the UP and DOWN arrows to highlight a desired menu item, then press SELECT to access that
item. Some menu items will display a submenu, others will take you directly to a new screen. To remove
the Quick Menu at any time, press MENU again. The features in the Quick Menu change as needed to
display only the most helpful features at any time. For example, when the Quick Menu is displayed over
the Guide, it displays special features to help you with the Guide.
Settings
Selecting Settings in the Quick Menu displays a submenu of items that lets you customize, adjust and
keep track of your DIRECTV viewing experience.
Setup
The Setup item in the Quick Menu displays the Setup screen, where you can access the Info & Test,
Satellite & Antenna Setup, Remote Setup, Audio Setup, Display Setup, Access Card and System Reset
screens.
Info & Test: The System Info option lets you view the current system information. The System Test
option lets you run a test on the tuner, access card, receiver ID and phone line.
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Sat & Ant (Satellite & Antenna): This option is useful if your DIRECTV® HD Receiver has lost
signal strength, or you need to realign your satellite dish or setup an off-air antenna.
Remote: Use this option to setup your remote to control your TV and other equipment.
Audio: The Audio option in Setup lets you make lasting adjustments to settings such as language and
Dolby Digital. To make temporary adjustments, use the Audio Options item in the Quick Menu.
Display: This option lets you change display settings such as native mode, screen format, bar color,
the Channel Banner display time, the language in onscreen menus, time zone (for the clock) and screen
centering.
TV Type: The TV Type option is where you can set your TV’s aspect ratio and resolution.
Access Card: Follow the onscreen directions to replace your access card. You will need your old
and new access cards to complete this process. (Note: DIRECTV will provide new access cards and
instructions when necessary.)
Reset: From here you can restart the receiver, reset to factory defaults, or reset everything.
Scheduler
This feature gives you an overview of and access to all the programs you’ve set to Autotune or purchase.
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Favorites
Check the current status of your Favorites list(s) by clicking here, and make changes if you like. See page
28 for more details.
Parental Controls
Check the current restrictions of your Parental Controls by clicking here, and make any adjustments. See
page 30 for more details.
Audio Options
Some programs have alternate audio available (such as other language tracks or Dolby Digital). This
option only appears in the Quick Menu over Live TV when the current program has alternate audio. You
can set the default so that whenever a program has alternate audio available, it automatically plays this
audio, or you can change the alternate audio temporarily for the program you are watching. In either
case, press MENU while in Live TV, then:
To change the default audio, from the Quick Menu, select Settings, select Setup, then select Audio in
the left menu and follow the onscreen instructions.
To temporarily change the audio, from the Quick Menu, select Audio Options, then select the audio
track you prefer. Once the program is over or you change the channel, the audio will change back to the
default setting.
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Dolby* Digital
The recommended audio format for HDTV is Dolby® Digital.
What is 5.1
Audio?
It’s 5 channels
of audio for
theater-style
sound, plus a
subwoofer for
heart-pounding
bass.
Go ahead. Try
this at home.
Your DIRECTV HD Receiver is capable of reproducing 5.1-encoded audio: five discrete channels of
full-range digital audio, plus one channel of low-frequency (subwoofer) audio, for use by A/V receivers
capable of decoding the 5.1-channel signal. The audio signals are broken into left-front, center, rightfront, left-rear, right-rear and low-frequency channels. The result, when your DIRECTV® HD Receiver
is connected to a compatible Dolby Digital A/V receiver and 5.1 channel speaker setup, is an experience
that gives you much of the dynamic range, 360-degree imaging and sonic excitement of a real theater.
Not all TV programs deliver 5.1 channel signals, and not all programs are broadcast using Dolby
Digital for DIRECTV programming. Programs using this high-quality audio standard are indicated by
the words Dolby Digital in the program description in the Channel Banner (see page 13) and the Guide
(see page 15).
To change the Digital Audio format, press MENU, select Settings, then select Setup. Select Audio in the
left menu. Highlight the Dolby Digital tab and press SELECT, then follow the onscreen instructions
and select from the following options:
4 On: Turns on Dolby Digital audio ouput. (Note: True Dolby Digital is only available via HDMI or
optical outputs.
4 Off: Select this option to turn off Dolby Digital Audio output.
Note
* Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
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Category Sort
This feature lets you temporarily arrange the Guide to list only programs in a particular category such as
Movies, Sports or News. This option only appears in the Quick Menu over the Guide.
While in the Guide, from the Quick Menu, select Category Sort. To further narrow your search, select
the category you want, then select a subcategory if you wish.
To quickly move through the Category Search results, use the RED or GREEN key on your remote to
advance or reverse in 90-minute increments. Press GUIDE to return to the regular Guide, or EXIT to
return to live TV.
Pay Per View
This option enables you to check out DIRECTV Pay Per View listings by category. This option only
appears in the Quick Menu over the Guide.
While in the Guide, press MENU, then select Pay Per View. You will see three choices for sorting the
listings. Choose All to display all current pay per view programs. Movies will give you listings of all
current movies available. Pick Special Events to see specific events such as sports, comedy specials and
more. The Guide will display only programs that match the selected choice.
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Find By
Would you like to locate a particular program, movie or sports event you want to see — even shows
starring a favorite actor, or games with your favorite team? Find by offers some easy ways to spot just
what you want to watch.
Press MENU, then select Find by. You can find a program by Title, Person, Keyword or Channel. Your
search will be quicker if you narrow your search by selecting subcategories; just follow the onscreen
instructions. Once you’ve found a program you’re after, all you have to do is highlight and select the
title to display when the program is on. If you’d like to repeat a previous search, select Recent Finds, then
select your search to view matching programs.
Note
Keep in mind, when you search with Find by, only those programs slated to air within the Guide’s number of days of
programming supported by your receiver will appear on your list.
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Date & Time
This option gives you a convenient way to jump several days ahead in the Guide, without having to
scroll through pages of programs.
Favorites
Favorites allows you to set up special, customized Guide that shows only those channels you choose. So
you can have easy access to the channels you like best, or perhaps a grouping of family channels just for
the kids.
When you’re using a Favorites list, the Guide will only display those channels you’ve
chosen — and you’ll also only see those channels when you change channels using CHAN UP/DOWN
on your remote.
Keep in mind, no matter what Favorites list you’re currently using, you can still always access any
channel you receive by keying in its channel number on your remote. You can also edit or delete a list at
any time by returning to Favorite and editing your list(s).
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Caller ID & Messages
This feature lets you receive important messages from DIRECTV about your service. Also, if you have
Caller ID service*, you can also view phone calls you’ve received or turn call notification on or off. Press
MENU to display the Quick Menu, select Calls & Msgs, then select Edit Settings. Select either Caller ID
or Messages from the left menu, as desired.
Caller ID
The Call Log tab displays up to 25 recent incoming calls. Highlight and select a name to delete that
listing from your log.
The Notification tab lets you turn the notification feature on or off. When the Notification option is on,
you’ll see a notice on your TV screen whenever a call comes in.
DIRECTV Messages
This feature lets you view a listing of current DIRECTV messages waiting for you. Simply highlight
and select a message in the list to read, then you’ll have the choice to keep or delete it. The messages icon
will appear brightly on your channel banner whenever there’s any new or unread message in your Inbox.
Note
* You must subscribe to Caller ID service through your local telephone company, and your DIRECTV
Receiver must be connected to a phone line.
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Parental Controls
Parental Controls enables parents to place certain restrictions on just who’s watching what, and require a
passcode to view restricted programming. Whether it’s for mature content or spending amounts, you’re
always able to keep limitations where you want them for the whole family.
Press MENU to display the Quick Menu, SELECT Parental Controls, then Edit Settings, and you’ll see
the current status showing any restrictions. The system default is “unlocked” for all categories.
Ratings
Here you can set rating limits for Movies and TV:
1)
SELECT Ratings.
2) Highlight the desired tab using the ARROW keys and press SELECT. Note: You can also use RED
or GREEN to cycle tabs.
Movies
Highlight and select the Movies tab, then set the overall rating limit you wish to impose. Brief
descriptions of the ratings appear for your guidance.
TV Programs
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TIP
For ratings limits and channel
blocks, as well as most other
SELECT
checkbox-type items, pressing
SELECT the TV tab, then highlight and select the TV rating you desire. You can also set ratings
SELECT toggles the item on and off
for particular content (for example, Fantasy Violence, Dialogue), each of which is described when
when setting them up.
highlighted.
Other Shows
To block programming that has no rating — such as news and sports — select the Other tab.
Channel Blocks
You can block viewing of a certain channel or channels from this menu.
SELECT Chan Blocks in the left menu, then scroll down the channel list to SELECT those you wish to
block, or key in channel numbers for quicker access. Use Block All or Allow All to save time if you wish
to affect a large number of channels.
Spending
From the left menu, SELECT Spending, then set your preferred spending limit for any single pay per
view purchase. Simply key in the amount using the numbers on your remote.
Hours
From the left menu, SELECT Hours, then set your preferred hours during which TV can be viewed.
You can set hours based on “school nights” and weekend nights—Monday-Thursday, Friday-Saturday,
and Sunday.
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Now, lock it
Once you’ve set the restrictions you want, choose Lock Now from the left menu. You’ll be directed to
create a passcode (which you’ll want to make easy enough to remember, but hard enough that the little
ones won’t guess it!). This passcode will be your entry to unlocking and adjusting limitations in the
future.
An onscreen message will appear whenever anyone tries to tune to a channel or program that has
been restricted, or attempts to spend or watch beyond limitations set. He or she will not be allowed to
proceed without the passcode. Using your passcode, you can easily override the limits.
Let me in…!
Temporarily or permanently unlocking a restriction is easy. To temporarily unlock a particular program:
1)
TIP
When any controls are currently activated, Unlock Now will appear if you try to tune to a restricted
The Parental Control icon in the
program.
Channel Banner will tell you if the
2) Select Unlock Now and enter the password.
receiver is locked, temporarily
unlocked, or unlocked.
For more unlock options:
1)
Press MENU, then SELECT Parental Controls.
2) Various options for removing restrictions temporarily or permanently will appear. Select one and
enter your password.
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Locked
Unlocked
Temporarily
Unlocked
Note: If you have Parental Controls set and temporarily unlocked, turning the receiver power off will
relock the box.
Making multiple entries aimed at guessing the passcode is discouraged by a time delay; each invalid
passcode entered lengthens the delay for subsequent entry by one second.
Don’t use
obvious
numbers, like
birthdays or
addresses, for
your passcode.
To change your passcode at any time:
1)
Press MENU, SELECT Parental Controls, then Edit Settings.
2) Scroll down to Passcode and press SELECT.
3)
Enter your old password, then enter a new one twice to confirm.
Your kids are
smarter than you
think.
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“
Is there anything else you want
to know? It’s probably here in
the back....
Chapter 4
36 Troubleshooting
45 Limited 90-Day Warranty
50 Product Information
51 DIRECTV PROTECTION PLAN
53 FCC Customer Information
Other Info
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Troubleshooting
Many problems can be corrected by performing a simple reset of the DIRECTV ® HD Receiver. If
You can find additional
you experience image freezes, audio freezes or blank screen, or the system won’t respond to front
panel button or remote control, try one of these:
troubleshooting help at
4 Press the red RESET button behind the access card panel door on the front of the
DIRECTV HD Receiver, then wait for program guide information to be acquired.
4 If the problems persist, try unplugging the power cord of the DIRECTV HD Receiver for 15
seconds, then plug it in again.
4 Running the System Test (later in this section) can also help you diagnose and solve many
common problems.
System Upgrades
Your DIRECTV HD Receiver is able to receive upgrades or modifications to some of its features
and functions. These modifications will occur automatically, usually at times when the receiver
would likely be turned off. If your receiver is on when an upgrade or modification is sent, you may
experience a disruption in reception for a minute or two. Your reception should return to normal
after the modification is complete. Your receiver must be plugged in to AC power to receive any
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TIP
Note
If preferred, you can have an Authorized Service Representative visit your home for a fee, to set up your digital satellite
receiver and instruct you on its operation. For details about this service, call 1-800-DIRECTV or visit DIRECTV.com.
DIRECTV.com.
upgrades. Do not unplug your receiver while an upgrade is in progress. Please consult the System
Info screen to check for an upgrade or modification planned by DIRECTV.
Having a
problem? Then
check the
following:
1. Cables and
connections
2. MODE switch
on your remote
3. Remote
batteries
4. TV Input
5. Power
Most problems
have simple
solutions.
DIRECTV HD Receiver or TV Problems
Progress bar freezes during Satellite Data Acquisition
This may be normal. After five minutes, the screen saver is displayed. Press any key on the remote
to see the progress bar again. If Satellite Data Acquisition still does not move forward, press the
RESET button behind the access panel door on the front of the DIRECTV HD Receiver and wait
for program guide information to be acquired.
Wrong picture, blue screen, snow or black/blank picture
The DIRECTV HD Receiver and most TVs and VCRs let you toggle between video sources. If you
don’t see the signal you think you should be seeing, try using these buttons to toggle between the
signals:
4 Press the TV/VCR button on the VCR remote or on the VCR’s front panel.
4 Press the TV INPUT button on the DIRECTV remote control.
4 If problems persist, turn off all equipment that is connected to your TV, wait a few minutes,
then turn the DIRECTV HD Receiver back on.
4 Check your connections and cables.
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4 You must subscribe to Caller ID service through your local phone company.
Also, check to be sure your Caller ID feature is turned on (see page 29).
4 If you are plugging your receiver to a wireless phone jack, note that it typically does not transmit Caller ID
information and you may need a special wireless phone jack to use with Caller ID service. See the user’s manual
that came with the wireless phone jack to see if it transmits Caller ID information. If it doesn’t, either connect the
phone line directly to a standard wall-mount phone jack or install a wireless phone jack that transmits Caller ID
information.
DIRECTV HD Receiver will not turn on
4 Check to make sure the power cord is plugged into the DIRECTV HD Receiver and the wall outlet.
4 Check the wall receptacle (or extension cord) to make sure it is “live” by plugging in
something else.
4 Make sure the remote control is on DIRECTV mode, and press PWR (power key).
4 Press DIRECTV & TV POWER ON, then press it a second time if needed.
4 Check batteries in remote control.
4 Be sure remote control is pointed at remote sensor, and front of receiver is not blocked.
4 Unplug the receiver. Wait five minutes. Plug it in again.
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The Caller ID feature requires you to sign up for
Caller ID with your phone company.
Problems with Caller ID
Turns off while playing
on again.
4 Unplug DIRECTV HD Receiver for a few minutes, then plug back in. If this happens frequently, the voltage in
your house may be abnormally high or low.
4 Consider using a surge protector or line conditioner.
4 If your TV turns off while playing, and other lights/appliances in your house do too, you may have blown a circuit
breaker or be experiencing a power outage.
4 Consult an electrician if the problem is frequent or severe, especially if other household appliances or electronics
are affected.
DIRECTV HD Receiver turns on or changes channels unexpectedly
4 An Autotune may have been activated. See page 17.
www.DIRECTV.com
You can get a lot of information at our website:
4 Electronic protection circuit may have been activated because of a power surge. Wait 30 seconds, then turn
4 Your TV’s timer may have been activated.
4 Check your TV owner’s manual.
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4 Check that all components connected to the input jacks are turned on.
4 Try another channel.
4 Your DIRECTV HD Receiver may be hooked up incorrectly to the TV. Press the INFO button on the front panel
of the DIRECTV HD Receiver to see if the channel banner appears. If it does not, check the Setup and Connections
section for instructions about connecting your satellite receiver.
4 Press the TV INPUT key on the remote to make sure your TV input is set to the TV input your DIRECTV HD
Receiver is connected to.
4 Press the POWER button on the front of the DIRECTV HD Receiver.
4 Press the red RESET button behind the door on the front panel of the DIRECTV HD Receiver.
Temporary loss of the satellite signal or Searching for Satellite Signal message
4 Your satellite system may be experiencing rain fade, a temporary loss of the satellite signal due to unusually heavy
rain clouds or rainfall. Rain fade is usually brief, lasting only as long as the heavy rain cloud condition persists.
4 Your dish may be blocked. Check that something is not blocking the dish.
Partial programming loss/channels missing from the Guide/channel is in the Guide but can’t tune to
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If you live in a newly built neighborhood, be sure
to place your dish where it is unlikely to become
blocked by a fast-growing tree.
Blank screen
4 Your satellite dish antenna may be incorrectly configured. Check the dish type set in your receiver’s preferences
and change if necessary. Press the MENU key on the remote control, then select Settings, then Setup. In the next
When all else fails, press the RESET button.
menu, select Satellite, then Repeat Satellite Dish Setup. Follow the steps. From the Satellite Dish Type screen, make
sure the proper dish type is selected (round, oval with a dual LNB or oval with a triple LNB).
4 The channels might be excluded from the Favorites list currently in use. Press MENU on the remote, select
Favorites, then All Channels, or enter the channel number manually.
My video and audio are out of sync.
4 Try changing channels.
4 Press LIST, then EXIT.
4 If neither of those work, restart your DIRECTV HD Receiver. Press the RESET button behind the access panel
door on the front of the DIRECTV HD Receiver. You can also press MENU, press SELECT on Settings, then
SELECT Setup. Select the Reset item from the left menu and follow the onscreen instructions.
My DIRECTV HD Receiver is “frozen” on a single frame of a TV picture.
4 If you are on a Pay Per View channel, watching the free portion of a program, the free portion may be completed.
You must buy the program to continue watching.
4 If that doesn’t work, restart your DIRECTV HD Receiver. Press the RESET button behind the access panel door
on the front of the DIRECTV HD Receiver. You can also press MENU, press SELECT on Settings, then SELECT
Setup. Select the Reset item from the left menu, then press SELECT on Restart Receiver.
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Problems with the remote control
4 Check that nothing is between the remote control and the remote sensor.
4 Make sure the remote control is in DIRECTV mode. Slide the MODE switch on the remote to the DIRECTV
position so the remote will control the DIRECTV HD Receiver.
4 Check the batteries in the remote control. They may be weak, dead or installed incorrectly. Try replacing batteries.
4 If you’re entering a channel number that is less than four digits long, the receiver might wait two seconds before
tuning to the channel. Press ENTER after entering a channel number to tune immediately.
4 If you are trying to operate a device other than the DIRECTV HD Receiver that you have programmed the
remote to control, make sure you first slide the MODE switch to the mode that is programmed for that device
(AV1 or AV2). The indicator light for the component you’re trying to control should light up when you press a
valid key for that component. If it doesn’t, make sure the MODE switch is in the correct position.
A remote control indicator light starts flashing.
The batteries in the remote control are running low and should be replaced soon. You may also see an onscreen message that
the batteries are low. Note that when you replace the batteries, you should not have to reprogram your remote to control
other devices unless the batteries have been completely dead for a month or more.
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With proper care and fresh batteries, the only
problem you should have with the remote is
remembering where you left it.
Remote Control Problems
If none of the preceding tips helped solve your
troubleshooting issues, the System Test may help
to figure things out.
Fine-Tuning the Signal
If you self-installed your satellite dish antenna, you may have already used the Satellite Setup section of Guided Setup
to find the dish-pointing coordinates, acquire and fine-tune the signal and run a system test. If you need to run
Satellite Setup again, press MENU. Select Settings from the Quick Menu, then select Setup. When the System Setup
screen is displayed, press SELECT on Satellite in the left menu, then select the Repeat Satellite Setup button.
Running the System Test
The System Test allows you to run a basic diagnostics check on your DIRECTV HD Receiver. If you are experiencing
any trouble with your receiver, run the system test. It will also allow you to get your access card and receiver ID
numbers or to initiate diagnostic procedures on your digital satellite receiver.
First make sure that:
4 All connections — jacks, cables, etc. — are in place correctly (see Chapter Two, Getting Connected, for more
information)
4 There are batteries in the remote control, and they are working correctly
4 The access card is installed in the DIRECTV HD Receiver.
Follow these steps to run the diagnostics system test on your DIRECTV HD Receiver.
1)
Turn on your TV and the DIRECTV HD Receiver.
2) Slide the mode switch to the DIRECTV position to put the remote control in satellite receiver-controlling mode,
then press MENU to display the Quick Menu.
3)
Select Settings.
4) Select Setup, then Info & Test.
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6) If your system does not pass the system test, check any of these potential trouble areas: cabling, pointing the
satellite dish, phone connection and access card.
7) If you continue to have problems, call DIRECTV Customer Service at 1-800-DIRECTV.
You should run a system test several times before concluding that there is a problem. Occasional fluctuations in the
phone line or satellite signal can give temporary false readings.
Factory Defaults
To reset all the remote control and clear all but DIRECTV mode, follow these steps:
1)
Point the remote away from your DIRECTV Receiver and components. Press and hold MUTE and SELECT
until the light above the slide switch on the remote flashes twice (about 5 seconds).
2) Enter 9-8-1. The light on the remote will flash twice, indicating you have cleared AV1, AV2 and TV modes.
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If you get a bunch of new equipment (lucky you!),
you may find it useful to reset your remote before
you re-program it.
5) Highlight the System Test tab and press SELECT, then press SELECT on Run Test.
Don’t think of it as a 90-Day Warranty. Think of it
as a three-month vacation....
Limited 90-Day Warranty
DIRECTV warrants your DIRECTV HD Receiver (Model Number: H20) and any included accessories against defects in
material or workmanship for a period of ninety (90) days after the date of purchase.
Who is Covered?
You must have proof of purchase to receive warranty service. A sales receipt or other document showing that you purchased
the product is considered proof of purchase. THIS LIMITED WARRANTY EXTENDS ONLY TO THE ORIGINAL
CONSUMER PURCHASER OR ANY PERSON RECEIVING THE DIRECTV HD Receiver AS A GIFT FROM
THE ORIGINAL CONSUMER PURCHASER AND TO NO OTHER PURCHASER OR TRANSFEREE. THIS
WARRANTY DOES NOT EXTEND TO COMMERCIAL USERS. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT AUTHORIZED FOR
USE OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES AND ANY SUCH USE VOIDS THIS WARRANTY.
What is Covered?
Warranty coverage begins the day you purchase the product. For ninety (90) days from the purchase date, at the option
of DIRECTV, the DIRECTV HD Receiver will be repaired or replaced with a new, repaired, refurbished or comparable
product (whichever is deemed necessary) if it becomes defective or inoperative. Th is exchange is done without charge to you
for parts and labor. You will be responsible for the cost of shipping to and from the location designated by DIRECTV. If
DIRECTV cannot reasonably repair or replace the Receiver then DIRECTV may, at its sole discretion, refund the price
you paid for the product or the current retail price of the product.
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purchase, you pay for the replacement of all parts, and for all labor charges.
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE
ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
What is Excluded?
Your warranty does NOT cover:
4 Labor charges for installation or setup of the product.
4 Installation, performance of, or repair of: audio/video cabling, telephone line, or accessory attachments used with
the product.
4 Product replacement because of misuse, accident, lightning damage, unauthorized repair, or other cause not
within the control of DIRECTV.
4 Incidental or consequential damages resulting from the product. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE
EXCLUSION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION
MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
4 Any modifications or other changes to the product, including but not limited to software or hardware
modification in any way other than as expressly authorized by DIRECTV will void this limited warranty. Except
in the case of hardware or software provided by DIRECTV, installing software modifications, “hacks” or utilizing
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The warranty does not cover deliberate misuse.
the original product expires, the warranty on the replacement product also expires. After ninety (90) days from the date of
So be nice to your DIRECTV HD Receiver.
All products, including replacement products, are covered only for the original warranty period. When the warranty on
Keep the paperwork! And just as important,
remember where you keep it! You’ll feel so clever if
you ever need it.
service access or “back doors” will void this limited warranty.
4 Reception transmission problems caused by signal conditions, telephone line, or cable or antenna systems outside
the unit.
4 A product that has been modified or adapted to enable it to operate in any country other than the country for
which it was designed, manufactured, approved and/or authorized, or repair of products damaged by these
modifications.
4 A product used for commercial or institutional purposes.
4 DIRECTV makes no warranty that the access connection will be a local (not long distance) phone call.
4 The continued provisioning of any of the programming and other services delivered through the Receiver
including but not limited to television programming, show information, program guide data, and scheduling
information.
Make Sure You Keep...
Please keep your sales receipt or other document showing proof of purchase. Attach it to this User Guide and keep both
nearby. Also keep the original box and packing material in case you need to return your product.
Before Requesting Repair Service...
Please check the troubleshooting section of this guide. This may save you a call to DIRECTV Customer Care.
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Warranty service will be provided by DIRECTV. If you believe you need service for your Receiver, contact DIRECTV at
1-800-DIRECTV. A representative will go through a diagnostic checklist with you. If it is determined that the product
needs to be returned for service or exchanged, you will receive a return authorization number. The representative will give
you complete shipping details.
To Get Out-of-Warranty Service...
To obtain out-of-warranty service contact DIRECTV at 1-800-DIRECTV for information on the possibility of and any
costs for repair or replacement of out-of-warranty products.
ALL WARRANTIES IMPLIED BY LAW, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY
AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE EXPRESSLY LIMITED TO THE DURATION OF THIS
EXPRESS LIMITED WARRANTY.
WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ANY WARRANTIES IMPLIED BY THE LAW OF ANY STATE OF THE U.S.A.,
THIS EXPRESS LIMITED WARRANTY IS EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES,
GUARANTEES, AGREEMENTS AND SIMILAR OBLIGATIONS OF DIRECTV. REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT
AS PROVIDED IN THIS LIMITED WARRANTY IS THE EXCLUSIVE REMEDY UNDER THIS LIMITED
WARRANTY. IN NO EVENT WILL DIRECTV BE LIABLE FOR ANY AMOUNT GREATER THAN THE
RETAIL PRICE OF THE DIRECTV RECEIVER. DIRECTV SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL
OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES FOR BREACH OF ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY ON THE
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The people at 1-800-DIRECTV are pretty friendly.
To Get Warranty Service...
Don’t despair if your warranty has expired. Service
is just a phone call away....
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY
NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS. YOU MAY HAVE OTHER
RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
DIRECTV, Inc.
2230 E. Imperial Hwy
El Segundo, CA 90245
1-800-DIRECTV
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serial and model numbers in case you need them. These numbers are located on the product. (You may have noted some
of this information on page 67 when you connected the cables to your receiver.)
Model No. ___________________________________________________________________
Serial No. ____________________________________________________________________
Purchase Date: ________________________________________________________________
Dealer/Address/Phone: _________________________________________________________
Access Card: _________________________________________________________________
Receiver ID: __________________________________________________________________
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Hardly anyone ever fills in this page.
Keep your sales receipt to obtain warranty parts and service and for proof of purchase. Attach it here and record the
Go ahead: Be different from everyone else.
Product Information
You might not be able to buy happiness, but you
can buy peace of mind. As little as $5.99 a month.
How cool is that?
DIRECTV PROTECTION PLAN
Protect your DIRECTV ® System with the DIRECTV PROTECTION PLAN. For a low monthly fee, the DIRECTV
PROTECTION PLAN covers the components of your DIRECTV System, giving you peace of mind and comprehensive
support to ensure that you and your family enjoy nonstop DIRECTV ® entertainment.
DIRECTV PROTECTION PLAN Benefits
Your DIRECTV Limited Warranty provides certain remedies for this receiver during the stated coverage term. The
DIRECTV PROTECTION PLAN provides comprehensive coverage for your DIRECTV System, including:
4 In-home service calls when needed
4 24-hour Technical Support
4 Power surge related repairs
4 Dish antenna realignments
4 Cables, switches, and associated wiring throughout 4 Replacement of defective equipment (if problem
home
4 Defective remote control replacements
can not be resolved over the phone) *
4 All parts and labor for repair
Get ALL THAT FOR JUST $5.99 a month. This one low monthly fee covers every DIRECTV component and receiver on
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call 1-800-DIRECTV.
1.
SIGN IN with your user name and password, or click on the “Register Now” link and go through the easy steps,
then continue with Step 2.
2.
SELECT Option B, and then click the “Next” button at the bottom of the page.
3.
SCROLL down to Step 3 (Add Additional Services) and SELECT “DIRECTV PROTECTION PLAN,” then
CLICK on the “Next” button.
4.
REVIEW your change and CLICK on the “Accept These Changes” button.
If you have a DIRECTV Plus Receiver, DIRECTV DVR, DIRECTV HD Receiver, DIRECTV HD DVR or DIRECTV
Receiver with UltimateTV Service, please call 1-800-DIRECTV to sign up.
The DIRECTV PROTECTION PLAN is offered by AIG Warranty Guard and underwritten by New Hampshire
Insurance Company on behalf of DIRECTV where authorized by law. Certain limitations apply. Pricing, terms and
conditions of the DIRECTV PROTECTION PLAN are subject to change. Full terms and conditions will be mailed to you
prior to service billing and are available at DIRECTV.com. (Note: Annual payment option no longer available.)
Note
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*A fee of $49 for standard IRD equipment, $249 for DIRECTV DVR, DIRECTV PLUS DVR or Ultimate TV equipment, $400 for HD
equipment, or $1,000 for DIRECTV HD DVR equipment will be charged to your DIRECTV bill if the defective equipment that we are
replacing for you is not returned within 30 calendar days. The plan will provide a return box for the defective equipment and even pick up
the shipping costs. You’ll receive replacement equipment in about 72 hours.
Protect your investment in quality TV.
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This equipment radiates radio frequency energy.
Mad scientist beanie not required.
FCC Customer Information
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device
may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
Responsible Party:
DIRECTV, Inc.
2230 E. Imperial Hwy
El Segundo, CA 90245
1-800-DIRECTV
4 Trade Name: DIRECTV
4 Type of Equipment: DIRECTV Satellite Receiver
4 Model Number: H20
Federal Communications Commission (FCC): This equipment complies with both Part 15 and Part 68 of the FCC rules.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits of a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of
the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation.
This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with
the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However there is no guarantee that interference
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which can be determined by removing and applying power to the equipment, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
4 Reorient or relocate the receiving satellite dish antenna.
4 Increase the separation between the equipment and the DIRECTV Receiver.
4 Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the DIRECTV Receiver is connected.
4 Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
4 CAUTION: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer responsible for compliance could void
the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
The user may find the following booklet, prepared by the Federal Communications Commission, helpful: “How to Identify
and Resolve Radio and TV Interference Problems.” Th is booklet is available from the U.S. Government Printing Office,
Washington, DC. To meet FCC requirements, only peripherals (computer input/output devices, terminals, printers, etc.)
certified to comply with Class B limits may be attached to this device. Operation with non-certified peripherals is likely to
result in interference to radio and TV reception. To meet FCC requirements, shielded cables are required to connect the
device to a personal computer, peripheral, or other Class B certified device.
Th is equipment complies with Part 68 of the FCC Rules and the requirements adopted by ACTA. On the back of this
equipment is a label that contains a product identifier in the format US:AAAEQ##TXXXX. If requested, this information
must be provided to your telephone company. This equipment uses the following USOC Jack: RJ11C. A plug and jack used
to connect this equipment to the premises wiring and telephone network must comply with the applicable FCC Part 68
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With proper installation, the only interference this
equipment should cause is to eliminate boring TV.
will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
rules and requirements adopted by ACTA. A compliant telephone cord and modular plug is provided with this product. It is
designed to be connected to a compatible modular jack that is also compliant. See installation instructions for details.
The REN is used to determine the number of devices that may connect to a telephone line. Excessive RENs on a telephone
Use the telephone cord supplied with this
equipment to ensure proper operation.
line may result in the devices not ringing in response to an incoming call. In most but not all areas, the sum of the RENs
should not exceed five (5.0).
To be certain of the number of devices that may be connected to a line, as determined by the total RENs, contact your local
telephone company. The REN for this product is part of the product identifier that has the format US: AAAEQ##TXXXX.
The digits represented by ## are the REN without the decimal point (e.g., 03 is a REN of 0.3).
If this DIRECTV Receiver causes harm to the telephone network, the telephone company will notify you in advance that
temporary discontinuance of service may be required. But if advance notice isn’t practical, the telephone company will
notify the customer as soon as possible. Also, you will be advised of your right to fi le a complaint with the FCC if you
believe it is necessary.
The telephone company may make changes in its facilities, equipment, operations or procedures that could affect the proper
functioning of your equipment. If they do, you will be notified in advance in order for you to make necessary modifications
to maintain uninterrupted service. Connection to party line service is subject to state tariff s. Contact the state public utility
commission, public service commission or corporation commission for information.
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the address and phone number listed below. If the equipment is causing harm to the network, the telephone company may
request that you disconnect the equipment until the problem is resolved.
DIRECTV, Inc.
2230 E. Imperial Hwy
El Segundo, CA 90245
1-800-DIRECTV
If your home has specially wired alarm equipment connected to the telephone line, ensure the installation of this
DIRECTV Satellite Receiver does not disable your alarm equipment. If you have questions about what will disable alarm
equipment, consult your alarm company, telephone company or a qualified installer.
DO NOT DISASSEMBLE THIS EQUIPMENT. It does not contain any user-serviceable components.
We recommend the installation of an AC surge arrester in the AC outlet to which this equipment is connected. Telephone
companies report that electrical surges, typically lightning transients, are very destructive to customer terminal equipment
connected to AC power sources.
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Do not disassemble this equipment! Trust us on
this, please.
If trouble is experienced with this unit, for repair or warranty information, please contact DIRECTV Customer Care at
Appendix A
58 Before you begin
58 Hardware Reference
62 Making the Video Connections
64 Making the Audio Connections
66 Making the Basic Connections
68 Guided Setup
69 Activate Your DIRECTV Service
Installation
70 Programming Your Remote Control
71 Using an IR/RF Remote to Control Your DIRECTV HD Receiver
72 Receiving Local “Off-Air” Broadcast Channels
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Before you begin
Your satellite dish antenna must be installed before you can begin following the procedures in this User
TIP
Guide. (Professional installation is highly recommended.) Your dish needs to be mounted in a position
You can find additional
where it has access to the satellite signals, and RG-6 coaxial cables must be run into the room(s) where
information and the latest
your receiver(s) will be located. If you choose to install the dish yourself, see the separate instruction
updates at DIRECTV.com.
manual that came with your satellite dish antenna.
Hardware Reference
Satellite Dish Antenna
This is your “dish” and related hardware, affi xed to your roof or other surface, which picks up the
broadcast signals from our satellites.
DIRECTV HD Receiver (or Satellite Receiver)
Your DIRECTV Receiver picks up the signal from your satellite dish antenna and translates it into
viewable TV programming.
Access Card
Contains information about your DIRECTV service. It must be properly inserted for your receiver to
work and to activate your programming.
Off-Air Digital Antenna (not included)
This antenna attaches to the back of your DIRECTV HD Receiver and is used to receive local “off-air”
DIRECTV
ACCESS CARD
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digital broadcasts.
Cables & Connections
HDMI Jack and Cable
The DIRECTV HD Receiver incorporates HDMI™ [or High-Definition Multimedia Interface]
technology. HDMI offers a high-quality connection that combines the video and audio signal into a
single cable.
The HDMI jack uses HDCP content protection to allow you to view HD programming that has been
Note: You may need to
encoded using the HDCP protection system. For the best access to HD programming at the highest
purchase additional cables
available resolution, connect this to an HDTV that supports HDCP technology.
depending on your setup.
HDMI and optical cables not
DVI (Digital Visual Interface) is an older digital connection standard that has been replaced by HDMI
included.
and is compatible with HDMI. DVI carries video only. You can also use an HDMI to DVI converter
(not included), which also carries video only, so must be used with audio cables to receive the audio
signal.
Component Video Output ( YPbPr)
The component connector provides high-quality video for your HDTV system. Component video is also
referred to as “YPbPr.” It uses three separate cables—with connectors colored green, red and blue—one
for each component of the HD video signal.
Y
Pr
Pb
Note
HDMI and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
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Digital Audio Outputs (Optical Jack and Cable)
The Digital Audio Optical cable provides the best quality audio. The jack and cable use light to send
digital audio data to A/V receivers equipped to receive and interpret it. The jack and cable (cable not
included) must be aligned before plugging in, and may be covered by protective caps, which must be
removed before making connections. Use caution when handling optical cables: They are delicate!
S-Video Jack and Cable
S-Video jacks and cables provide the best non-HD picture quality. You will still need to connect the left
and right audio cables to the TV, or optical audio cable to your stereo, because the S-Video cable only
carries the picture signal, not sound.
S-Video Jack
Audio/Video (A/V) Jack and Cable
Audio/Video (A/V) cables provide very good picture quality and stereo sound, and should be used if
you don’t have HDMI, component or S-Video cables, or your TV does not have HDMI, component or
S-Video jacks. The DIRECTV Receiver’s A/V jacks are color coded (yellow for video, red for right audio
and white for left audio). If your TV has only one input for audio (mono), connect it to the left (white)
audio jack on the DIRECTV Receiver.
R
L
Video
Telephone Jack and Cord
The telephone line cord connects your DIRECTV Receiver to a land-based telephone line. The phone
line connection is used to periodically call DIRECTV. This connection is required for sports package
subscriptions and for purchasing PPV movies and events. You will need an RJ11-type modulator jack
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(the most common type of phone jack). Note: Do not connect your receiver to a digital PBX phone
system — doing so may permanently damage your equipment and void your warranty.
Phone
Jack
Choose Your Setup
There are several ways to connect your receiver to match your particular equipment setup and to gain
TIP
When working with
optimum signal quality. The basic steps are as follows:
cables, be sure to
• Connect the satellite dish cable to your receiver.
connect corresponding
• Connect the receiver audio and video to your TV or VCR.
outputs and inputs (Video
• If you connected the receiver to a VCR, connect the VCR to your TV.
OUT to Video IN, Right
• Connect the receiver to a telephone line.
Audio OUT to Right Audio
IN, etc.). Never connect
an IN to an IN or an OUT
This section gives detailed instructions on the types of connections you can make, depending on the
equipment you have, in order to get the best picture and sound quality. Note that the back panels of
to an OUT.
OUT
• Plug in all power cords.
IN
your TV and other equipment may not exactly match those illustrated.
All A/V jacks and inputs
Connecting Your DIRECTV HD Receiver to your TV or VCR
are color coded. Always
Depending on the inputs on the back of your TV or VCR, you have the following options for
match the color of the
plug to the same color of
the jack.
connecting your DIRECTV HD Receiver:
• HDMI
• YPbPr Video
• S-Video
Everybody wants
to be connected.
• Digital Audio (optical)
• Analog Audio
These connections are described on the following pages.
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Making the Video Connections
Choose one of the following connections:
• Best (HD Video and Digital Audio): Connect the HDMI cables to the HDMI jacks on the receiver
and your TV. HDMI cables also carry digital audio, so you do not need to make a separate audio
connection, unless you would like to use other audio outputs; for example, if you want to connect your
DIRECTV HD Receiver to a stereo or home theater system. Note: HDMI cable is not included with
the HD Receiver.
• Better (HD Video): Connect one end of the Component (Y Pb Pr) video cables to the
COMPONENT OUT video jacks on the DIRECTV HD Receiver. Connect the other end of the
component video cable to the component input on your TV, making sure to correctly match the red,
green and blue connectors. You will need to connect audio separately.
• Good (Non-HD): Connect one end of the S-Video cables to the S-VIDEO OUT jacks on the
DIRECTV HD Receiver. Connect the other end to the S-Video input on your TV. Note: The SVideo cable will not provide an HD signal to your TV.
• Not recommended (Non-HD). You can use RCA connectors to connect your DIRECTV HD
Receiver to your TV, but it is not recommended. To get the best quality of image, use one of the
above methods. However, if your TV does not support S-Video, component or HDMI connections,
connect one end of the RCA cable (usually with a yellow plug) to the VIDEO OUT jack on the
DIRECTV HD Receiver. Connect the other end to the video input on your TV.
Important
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To obtain optimum picture quality, make sure the receiver is connected directly to the TV. Connecting the receiver to the
TV through a VCR or DVD recorder is known to yield less than optimum picture quality, particularly when viewing copyprotected programming.
TIP
To switch between watching your
VCR and watching video from your
receiver, you may need to program
the INPUT key on your DIRECTV
Remote. (See page 70 for info.)
Some TVs also have a MENU button
that allows you to change the video
source using an onscreen menu. If
you have trouble changing the video
source, refer to the instructions that
came with your TV.
Connect Video
Cables –
Television
COMPONENT IN
The back panels of
DIGITAL AUDIO IN
(COAXIAL)
DIGITAL
AUDIO IN
(OPTICAL)
S-VIDEO
IN
your equipment may not
look exactly like those
HDMI
illustrated.
S-VIDEO
BE
ST
GO
OD
BE
TT
ER
*
HDMI (includes
video & audio)
S-VIDEO
HDMI
DIRECTV® HD Receiver
RF REMOTE
AN
NTENNA
ANTENNA
SATELLITE IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
DIGITAL
AC IN
PHONE
JACK
HDMI
*Note: Do not confuse the component YPbPr cable with a standard
Audio/Video (RCA-type) cable. Observe the Red, Green, Blue color-coding.
You will not get HD video if you use the Video Out connector on your
DIRECTV HD Receiver or TV.
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Making the Audio Connections
• Best: If you connected your DIRECTV HD Receiver to your TV with HDMI cables you do not need
to make a separate audio connection, unless you would like to use other audio outputs; for example, if
you want to connect your DIRECTV HD Receiver to a stereo or home theater system. Note: HDMI
cable is not included with the DIRECTV HD Receiver.
• Best 2: You may also receive digtal audio by connecting an Optical Audio cable from the DIGITAL
AUDIO OUT (OPTICAL) jack on your DIRECTV HD Receiver to a DIGITAL AUDIO IN
(OPTICAL) jack on your TV. This output can also be used if you wish to listen to audio on a stereo
or home theater system, even if you are already using an HDMI cable for audio on your TV. Note:
Optical Audio cable is not included with the DIRECTV HD Receiver.
• Good: For analog audio, connect the white (L) and red (R) RCA-type cables from the DIRECTV
HD Receiver to your TV.
Note
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If your TV only has one audio input jack use AUDIO L (white) jack on the back of the DIRECTV Receiver to make
the connection.
If you used an
HDMI cable to
hook up video,
you can skip this
section.
Connect Audio Cables –
The back panels of your equipment
may not look exactly like those
illustrated.
Television
COMPONENT IN
DIGITAL
AUDIO IN
(OPTICAL)
S-VIDEO
IN
HDMI
BE
ST
2*
DIGITAL OPTICAL
GO
OD
RCA-type
DIRECTV® HD Receiver
RF REMOTE
ANTENNA
SATELLITE IN
DIGITAL
AUDIO OUT
(OPTICAL)
AC IN
PHONE
JACK
* NOTE: For best audio quality, use the
HDMI cable for audio and video.
(See “Making the Video Connections.”)
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Making the Basic Connections
1) Connect DIRECTV HD Receiver to Satellite Dish. Connect the RG-6 RF coaxial cable from
your satellite dish to the jack labeled SATELLITE IN on the DIRECTV Receiver.
2) Connect Off-air antenna to DIRECTV HD Receiver (optional). Connect the off-air antenna to
the jack labeled OFF-AIR IN on your receiver. When you go through the Guided Setup process, be
sure to select the Satellite & Antenna button when you reach the Satellite Dish & Off-Air Antenna
screen.
3) Connect RF remote antenna to DIRECTV HD Receiver. (Optional - RF equipment sold
separately.) If you want to use your remote without having to point it at the receiver (as in cases
when your receiver is behind the cabinet door of an entertainment center), you’ll need an RF remote
antenna and RF capable remote. Plug the RF remote antenna into the RF REMOTE ANTENNA
jack on your receiver. Receivers and remotes use IR functionality by default. You can activate RF
functionality during Guided Setup. After Guided Setup, you can activate RF functionality by going
to the System Setup screen and choosing REMOTE in the left menu. Select IR/RF Setup button and
follow the on screen instructions.
4) Connect DIRECTV HD Receiver to Telephone Line. Plug one end of the telephone cord into
a phone jack on your wall (or into a phone splitter that is plugged into a phone jack) and the other
end into the PHONE JACK on the back of the DIRECTV Receiver.
5) Plug all power cords into electrical sockets.
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You’re almost
done!
Connect Other Cables –
The back panels of your equipment
may not look exactly like those
illustrated.
While you’re
looking at the
back of your
DIRECTV HD
Receiver, write
down the serial
number, receiver
ID and model
number. You’ll
need them later.
1
DIRECTV® HD Receiver
OFF AIR IN
S-VIDEO
OUT
USB
2
RF REMOTE
ANTENNA
SATELLITE IN
SATELLITE IN
DIGITAL
AUDIO OUT
(OPTICAL)
AC IN
PHONE
JACK
HDMI
3
5
(optional)
4
Serial #
Receiver ID
Model #
(Copy these numbers to page 50
along with your other purchase
information)
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Guided Setup
AV1
AV2 TV
TV
POWER
TV
INPUT
Now that your receiver and equipment are all hooked up and plugged in, you’re ready to
ON
PWR
complete setup to begin enjoying your DIRECTV service.
1)
Make sure the MODE switch at the top of the remote control is set to DIRECTV, which is the farleft position.
2) Press TV POWER ON. The DIRECTV Receiver will turn on.
3)
The first screen will allow you to select a language. Using the arrow keys on the remote control,
move to the language you prefer and press SELECT.
4) You will see a Welcome screen.
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You may decide to set up,
change or adjust some of the
settings later. When you’re
HDTV settings in Guided Setup
ready, press MENU on your
Several screens in the Guided Setup process are related to HDTV:
remote, press SELECT on
MENU
SELECT
Settings then select Setup.
4 TV Ratio Screen: This screen lets you select your TV’s aspet ratio: 4:3 or 16:9.
4 TV Resolutions Screen: As you select each resolution, an onscreen message asks if you can still see the
screen properly. If you can, press the INFO key. If not, the unsupported resolution is turned off after
a few seconds. If you turn on Native mode, the receiver will automatically adjust resolution to match
the resolution of individual TV programs as they are tuned.
4 Primary Local Network: If you’ve chosen to set up both your Satellite Dish and Off-Air Antenna, you
will see this screen near the end of Guided Setup. The receiver will use the ZIP code you enter on this
screen to determine what locally broadcast digital stations are available to you. Setting up a Secondary
Local Network is optional; it can be useful if you are located between two network areas and intend to
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receive programming from both via your off-air antenna.
The User Guide
that came with
your TV will
help you set the
HDTV settings
properly.
Guided Setup
is as simple
as following
the onscreen
instructions.
When in doubt,
we’ve usually
highlighted
the most likely
choice for you.
Now, let us lead the way…
Simply follow the onscreen directions to complete your setup functions. If you’ve installed your satellite
dish and system yourself, you’ll be guided though various functions for optimizing your signal and setup
— including positioning your dish and a system test. If you had your system professionally installed,
these functions already have been completed.
After these setup procedures are complete, you’ll see a message onscreen that says, “Acquiring Satellite
Info,” as the receiver gathers information from the satellite for the onscreen program guide.
Next, you’ll be given the opportunity to program your remote to control other equipment such as your
TV and/or DVD player. Just follow the screen instructions and you’ll be ready to watch in no time!
Activate Your DIRECTV Service
Once all the setup processes are complete, all that’s left to do is activate your DIRECTV service. Before
you make the call, be sure to:
4 Have on hand your service address, social security number and a valid major credit card.
4 Note your access card and receiver ID numbers. (You may have written them down earlier in this
chapter.)
When you’re ready, just call 1-800-DIRECTV (1-800-347-3288) and pick the programming package
that’s right for you.
Important
In order to protect your TV screen from burn-in (a side-effect caused when a stationary image is displayed for too long),
the DIRECTV Receiver interface automatically goes into screen saver mode, and displays a black screen with a moving
logo when no key is pressed for 5 minutes or more while a stationary image is displayed on the TV. To dismiss the
screen saver and return to what you were doing, press any key on the remote. Burn-in may cause permanent damage to
your TV and DIRECTV is not liable for any damages that may be caused to your TV.
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Programming Your Remote Control
You may have already programmed your remote control during Guided Setup, but if you didn’t, or you
want to make changes, or you’ve acquired some new equipment, follow these instructions.
You can program the DIRECTV Remote Control to operate your TV power, volume and mute,
additional equipment such as a DVD, VCR, stereo, or second TV or DIRECTV Receiver.
1)
Press MENU to display the Quick Menu.
2) Highlight Settings and press SELECT.
3)
Highlight Setup and press SELECT.
4) Press SELECT on Remote in the left menu.
5) Follow the onscreen instructions to program your remote for your TV or additional equipment
(AV1 and AV2).
Once your remote is programmed to work with your TV, the VOL and MUTE key control the TV
regardless of the slide switch position. If you would like to change the VOL and MUTE to work
with other audio equipment, such as a stereo, you can. When you program the remote for the audio
equipment, onscreen instructions will direct you on how to do this.
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If you
programmed
your Remote
Control during
Guided Setup,
you can skip this
section.
Using an IR/RF Remote to Control Your DIRECTV HD
Receiver
You can skip this section if you do not have an RF Remote Antenna and RF Capable Remote (sold
separately) or you setup your RF Remote Control during Guided Setup. This information is included
here if you skipped that part, or if you want to change your Remote setup later.
A remote that
can go through
walls? That’s
right: We’re
rethinking your
remote, too.
The remote control included with your DIRECTV HD Receiver works using IR (infrared). IR is
typical of remotes you are already familiar with from other remotes you may have — the remote must be
pointed at the device for it to respond. If you have an RF Remote Antenna and RF Capable Remote,
you can use them to operate the DIRECTV HD Receiver without having to point your remote directly
at it, such as when the receiver is installed in a cabinet, or you use the remote from another room in your
house. The operating range of an RF Remote is up to 200 feet, with some possible decrease due to weak
batteries or obstacles such as walls in your house. Once programmed, your RF Remote will be addressed
to only one receiver, so will not affect other receivers in your home.
To setup an RF Capable Remote, press the MENU key, press SELECT on Settings, then select Remote
from the left menu. Press SELECT on the IR/RF Setup button. Follow the onscreen instructions to
configure your remote.
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Receiving Local “Off-Air” Broadcast Channels
The DIRECTV HD Receiver can receive both satellite and locally transmitted, off-air broadcast
channels, and will display these local channels in the Guide. In order to receive off-air channels, attach
an off-air antenna to the OFF-AIR IN as instructed in the “Choose Your Setup” section starting on page
61. During the Guided Setup process, be sure to select the Satellite & Antenna button when you reach
the Satellite Dish & Off-Air Antenna screen and follow the onscreen instructions.
If you didn’t setup an off-air antenna during the guided setup, you must enter your location into the
NOTE: Your reception will vary by
receiver using the Local Network Area screens in order to receive Program Guide information for local
geographic location. In other words:
off-air broadcast channels. When you enter your ZIP code, if there is more than one network area
Some areas get better reception
available, your receiver will show your options. Pick the one closest to you as your primary network area.
than others!
In some cases, there may be more than two cities displayed. You may decide to also enter a secondary
local network if more than one is available to you, but this is optional.
To scan for off-air channels and set up the local network areas after Guided Setup, do the following:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Press MENU.
Press SELECT on Settings in the Quick Menu.
Select Setup in the Quick Menu.
Select Sat & Ant from the options on the left menu.
Press SELECT on the Antenna Setup button. If you have not selected your local networks yet, select
the Local Networks button and follow the instructions until you are done.
6.
Select the Scan for Channels button to have the receiver scan local off-air frequencies.
When the receiver has finished scanning for channels, you are given the chance to edit local off-air
72 channels to remove channels from the Guide that you don’t watch, or those that have poor reception.
Appendix B
74 About High-Definition
77 Options For Changing Video Output
79 Supported Resolutions and Formats
80 Wide-Screen vs. Standard Formats
High-Def
101
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About High-Definition
What is HD, and how does it differ from regular TV? To learn more, here’s some helpful information
about high-definition and your DIRECTV HD Receiver.
Types of TV Broadcasts
Analog TV is the type of TV broadcast you may be most familiar with. If you get your broadcasts via
a standard off-air antenna, it’s the type you receive, and most broadcasts from local cable companies
are analog as well.
Digital TV is a newer system for broadcasting TV signals delivering higher quality audio and video.
“Digital TV” refers to a television that can receive and display digital images. Following are terms you
might see used regarding Digital TV broadcasts. Although your DIRECTV HD Receiver is a “true”
HD receiver, the type of TV or monitor you plug it into (SD, ED, or HD) can affect the resolution of
the TV picture you see. See “Resolutions and Interlacing” on page 75, for an explanation of display
resolutions.
4 SD (standard definition) is digital TV that offers a picture quality that is better than older analog
televisions. SDTV displays images at a resolution of 480i.
4 ED (enhanced definition) is digital TV that can display a higher resolution picture than SDTV. An
EDTV can display at 480i or 480p.
4 HD (high definition) is digital TV that can provide the highest quality picture, at resolutions
1080i, 720p, 480p, or 480i.
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To get the
best-quality
TV picture, you
need an HD TV
to go with your
DIRECTV HD
Receiver.
Resolution & Interlacing
Two elements that determine the quality of a TV picture are:
Resolution
If you’ve ever looked very closely at your TV, you have noticed the picture is actually made up of many
lines scanning across the screen. The set of lines that make up a complete image are called a “frame.” For
TV equipment and broadcasts, resolution is defined by the number of horizontal lines displayed to make
up each frame of a video image. The more lines of resolution used to compose each frame, the more
detailed and sharp the picture. Standard TV resolution uses 480 horizontal lines to make up each video
frame; HDTV uses either 720 or 1080 lines to compose each frame.
Interlaced & Progressive
The term “interlacing” refers to whether each of those frames contains all of the lines of image, or every
other line. Interlaced signals take every other line from 2 frames, each lasting 1/60th of a second, and
combine them into one frame lasting 1/30th of a second. In this way, interlacing tricks the eye into
thinking it’s seeing twice the resolution that’s actually being displayed. In non-interlaced video, referred
to as “progressive scan” video, frames are displayed every 1/60th of a second containing all of the lines of
video information.
The specifications for video resolution are usually stated by giving the number of horizontal lines (480,
720 or 1080, as described above) followed by either the letter “i” (for interlaced) or “p” (for progressive
scan). Most standard TV broadcasts are 480i; some DVDs and non-HDTV digital broadcasts use 480p.
Specification for HDTV broadcasts and equipment requires either 1080i or 720p.
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Aspect Ratio
In addition to resolution and interlacing, a television picture is also defined by its aspect ratio—
referring to the shape of the screen as defined by the ratio of the screen’s width to its height.
For analog TV, the aspect ratio is 4 units wide by 3 units high (4:3). This is the familiar shape of
conventional TVs—slightly wider than they are tall. SDTV and EDTV can be either 4:3 or 16:9. For
HDTV broadcasts, the aspect ratio is 16:9—nearly twice as wide as it is tall. This is, not coincidentally,
more like the shape of movies shown in theaters, which makes HD an ideal format for viewing movies
on TV. You will be able to see much of what is captured on fi lm, but lost on an SDTV display.
Screen Formats
What if you’re watching a nearly square-shaped 4:3 broadcast on a 16:9 TV, or vice versa? The
DIRECTV HD Receiver lets you choose from a variety of screen formats to deal with those scenarios.
You can set up your preferences for format during Guided Setup and change them at any time.
See the next page for your options.
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Options For Changing Video Output
The FORMAT
key, made
simple: Keep
pressing the
FORMAT key
until you like the
picture on your
TV.
In order to optimize the display of programs on your television, you may occasionally need to change
the resolution and/or screen format. There are two keys that can be used to make changes: the
FORMAT key on the remote control and the RESOLUTION key on the front panel of the receiver.
FORMAT key on Your Remote
Pressing this key will cycle the resolutions that you’ve indicated in System Setup as being supported by
your TV. In addition, it will cycle the three available screen formats in conjunction with each individual
resolution. Available screen formats are based on the TV Aspect Ratio you set in System Setup. With
each press, an onscreen message will let you know what the current resolution/format setting is. For
example, if you indicated that your TV supports only 1080i, 480i and 480p and it is a 16:9 television,
and Native is turned off *, the cycle of settings for the FORMAT key are as follows:
1st press: 480i/Stretch
2nd press: 480i/Letter box
3rd press: 480i/Crop
4th press: 480p/Stretch
5th press: 480p/Letter box
*
6th press: 480p/Crop
7th press: 1080i/Stretch
8th press: 1080i/Letter box
9th press: 1080i/Crop
10th press: repeat cycle
In Native mode, the receiver automatically adjusts resolution to match the resolution of individual
TV programs as they are tuned.
If your TV supports all formats (1080i, 720p, 480i and 480p), then your cycle would also include 720p.
If Native is turned on, the FORMAT key cycles through Stretch, Letter and Crop for the current TV
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program’s native resolution. The FORMAT key allows you to easily cycle all resolution and format
settings with a single key until the picture displays the way you like it. Navigating menus to modify
settings is not necessary.
If pressing this key causes a loss of video and audio, continue to press it until the picture returns. (Wait a
second between presses to allow the Receiver to change the resolution.) Th is can happen if your settings
include a resolution that your TV doesn’t support. To correct this, you’ll need to change your resolution
setting: Press MENU, select Settings, then Setup, then HDTV in the left side menu. Press SELECT on
the Resolution tab and mark or unmark the TV Resolutions to display the resolutions supported by your
television.
RESOLUTION Key on Receiver Front Panel
This key is used to cycle all available resolutions on your DIRECTV HD Receiver. It does not cycle
format settings. If video and audio are not appearing, it may be because the current resolution setting
is not supported by your television. By pressing this key, you can check all available resolutions to see if
that solves the problem. The lights next to the RESOLUTION key on the front panel will light below
the resolution to which the receiver is set; they will change with each key press.
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Resolution made
simple: Set
the resolution
to the highest
number that your
TV supports by
pressing the
RESOLUTION
key.
Supported Resolutions and Formats
The tables on the next page show the formats and resolutions supported by the DIRECTV HD Receiver,
the interaction with the FORMAT key, the outputs supported by the different types of connections,
and other, related information. See the beginning of this chapter a full description of screen resolutions,
formats, and Native mode. The DIRECTV HD Receiver provides the display formats shown in the
following table:
Selected
Resolutions
Remote Control FORMAT Key Cycle
(➠ = Press FORMAT key)
480i, 480p
480i/Stretch ➠ 480i/Letter ➠ 480i/ Crop ➠ 480p/Stretch ➠ 480p/Letter ➠ 480p/ Crop
720p
720p/Stretch ➠ 720p/Letter ➠ 720p/ Crop
1080i/Stretch ➠ 1080i/Letter ➠ 1080i/ Crop
480i/Stretch ➠ 480i/Letter ➠ 480i/ Crop ➠ 480p/Stretch ➠ 480p/Letter ➠ 480p/ Crop ➠ 720p/Stretch ➠
480i, 480p, 720p
720p/Letter ➠ 720p/ Crop
480i/Stretch ➠ 480i/Letter ➠ 480i/ Crop ➠ 480p/Stretch ➠ 480p/Letter ➠ 480p/ Crop ➠ 1080i/Stretch ➠
480i, 480p, 1080i
1080i/Letter ➠ 1080i/ Crop
720p, 1080i
720p/Stretch ➠ 720p/Letter ➠ 720p/ Crop ➠ 1080i/Stretch ➠ 1080i/Letter ➠ 1080i/ Crop
All selected (480i,
480i/Stretch ➠ 480i/Letter ➠ 480i/ Crop ➠ 480p/Stretch ➠ 480p/Letter ➠ 480p/ Crop ➠ 720p/Stretch ➠
480p, 720p,
720p/Letter ➠ 720p/Crop ➠ 1080i/Stretch ➠ 1080i/Letter ➠ 1080i/Crop
1080i)
Native
Native/Stretch ➠ Native/Letter ➠ Native/ Crop
1080i
NOTE: This chart is for 4:3 TV Ratio. For 16:9 TV ratio, “Pillar” box is displayed instead of “Letter”.
The following table shows the resolutions that can be output from each type of connection:
NOTES:
Output Connection
Available Resolutions
YPbPr
1080i, 720p, 480i, 480p
HDMI
1080i, 720p, 480i, 480p
S-Video
480i
Video (RCA Type/Yellow)
480i
720p and 1080i are HD formats. 480i and 480p are not.
S-Video and RCA outputs display all resolutions as 480i.
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Wide-Screen vs. Standard Formats
4:3 TVs Showing 16:9 programs
For a standard 4:3 TV showing a wide screen program, the program is too wide to fit on the screen. To
alleviate this, choose:
Letterbox
With this format, the 16:9 image is shrunk until the entire width of the program fits on your TV. Since
the aspect ratio of the program is maintained, the image is no longer tall enough to fi ll your screen, so
gray or black bars are seen at the top and bottom of the screen. To change the bar color, press MENU,
then select Settings. Select Setup, then select the Display menu. Highlight the Preferences tab and press
SELECT, then set Bar Color option to the desired color. See your TV owner manual for information on
the best color for your set.
Stretch
In the Stretch setting, instead of adding bars to the top and bottom, the 16:9 program image is stretched
vertically until it’s tall enough to fi ll the screen. Your entire screen will be full, but the program images
are stretched to compensate.
Crop
This format crops (cuts off ) the left and right portions of the 16:9 frame so it fits the 4:3 screen.
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You can watch
HD programs
on a standard
TV, but you
won’t really be
watching HD.
If your display is a 4:3 format TV or monitor, your format options include these:
For 4:3 program signals:
Fills TV Screen
Only Letterbox
shows the entire
original 16:9
image without
distortion.
For 16:9 program signals:
Letterbox
Stretch
Crop
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16:9 TVs Showing 4:3 programs
For a wide screen 16:9 TV showing a standard 4:3 TV program, the program is too tall to fit the screen.
Your choices here include:
Pillar box
Here the 4:3 image is shrunk until the entire height of the program fits on your TV. Since the aspect
ratio is maintained, the image is no longer wide enough to fi ll the screen, so gray or black bars are
seen at the left and right edges. To change the bar color, access the HDTV screen in System Setup as
described above, then select the desired bar color option under the TV Ratio tab.
Stretch
In this setting, instead of adding bars to the sides, the 4:3 program image is stretched horizontally until
it’s wide enough to fi ll the screen. Your entire screen will be full, but the images are a little stretched to
compensate.
Crop
This format crops (cuts off ) the top and bottom of a 4:3 frame, keeping the 4:3 ratio intact.
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Fortunately, you
can still watch
regular TV on
your HD TV. Isn’t
it nice to be one
step ahead of
the rest of the
world?
If your display is a 16:9 format TV or monitor, your format options include these:
For 4:3 program signals:
Pillar Box
Stretch
Crop
For 16:9 program signals:
Fills TV Screen
Only Pillar Box
shows the entire
original 4:3
image without
distortion.
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“
Now let’s watch some TV!
Index
A
D
G
Access card 5, 43, 44, 69
Analog TV 74
ARROW keys 5
Aspect Ratio 76, 77
Audio options 13, 24
Dolby® Digital 5.1 24
Language 24
Autotune 17
digital audio 7, 60
Digital TV 74
DIRECTV HD Receiver Problems
37
DIRECTV mode 38, 42
DIRECTV PROTECTION PLAN
51
DIRETCV Active™ 85
Dish-pointing coordinates 43
Display
Formats 72, 74, 77, 78, 79, 81, 83
Dolby® Digital 5.1 24
DVI 59
Guide 26, 72
Guided Setup 43, 66, 68, 72
GUIDE key 16
E
J
EXIT key 26
Jacks 40, 43, 60, 61
F
L
Favorites 13, 28, 41
FCC Customer Information 53
Find by 26
FORMAT button 77, 78
Front Panel 77, 78
front panel 77, 78
Language 68
Language for audio 24
Lock 31
Locking the system 31
B
Batteries 38, 42, 43, 71
Buttons 37
C
Cables 40, 43, 60, 61
Caller ID
Problems 38
Category sort 25
Channel banner 5, 29, 40
Channel blocks 30
Channel list 30
Connections 40, 43, 59
H
HDMI 7, 59, 62, 64, 79
HDTV 3, 59, 68, 74, 75, 76, 78, 82
high definition 74
I
INFO key 13, 16, 19, 40
Interlacing 74, 75
85
M
MENU key 5, 22, 26, 27, 32, 41,
43, 62, 68
Messages 13, 28, 29
Mode switch
remote control 43
Movie ratings 30
MUTE key 11, 44, 70
N
Notification 29
P
Parental Controls 13, 24, 29, 32
channel blocks 13, 24, 29, 32
ratings 13, 24, 29, 32
spending limits 13, 24, 29, 32
unlocking 13, 24, 29, 32
unrated programs 13, 24, 29, 32
viewing hours 13, 24, 29, 32
Passcode 31, 32
Pay Per View 2, 15, 19, 26, 31
Power surge 39
Previous channel 11
Previous channels 39
Program details 13
Program guide 36, 37, 47, 69
86 date & time 36, 37, 47, 69
quick menu 36, 37, 47, 69
scrolling 36, 37, 47, 69
sorting 36, 37, 47, 69
tuning to a program 36, 37, 47, 69
using 36, 37, 47, 69
Program Guide Advanced 72
Programming 2, 5, 11, 27, 30, 40,
47, 58, 69
Order 72, 77
ordering 2, 5, 11, 27, 30, 40, 47,
58, 69, 70
tuning to 2, 5, 11, 27, 30, 40, 47,
58, 69, 70
Progressive 75
Purchases 19
Q
Quick Menu 5, 22, 29, 43, 72
R
Ratings 30
Rear Panel 6
Receiver Rear Panel 6
Recent Finds 27
Remote Control
Programming 79
Remote control 5, 11, 13, 16, 19,
22, 28, 31, 36, 37, 38, 40, 41,
42, 43, 44, 68, 69, 70, 71
keys 5, 11, 13, 16, 19, 22, 28, 31,
36, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44,
68, 69, 70
modes 5, 11, 13, 16, 19, 22, 28,
31, 36, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43,
44, 68, 69, 70
problems 5, 11, 13, 16, 19, 22, 28,
31, 36, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43,
44, 68, 69, 70
programming 5, 11, 13, 16, 19,
22, 28, 31, 36, 37, 38, 40, 41,
42, 43, 44, 68, 69, 70
RESET 36, 37, 40, 41
Resolution 68, 75, 78, 79
Restart 41
RF REMOTE 7, 71
S
Satellite Data Acquisition 37
Satellite Setup 43
screen format 77
SDTV 74, 76
Search 15, 27
Settings 32, 43, 68
Setup 40, 41, 43, 61, 68
Showings 15
Spending limit 31
System Test 36, 43, 44
Index
T
Y
Temporarily unlock 32
Timer 39
To Do List 18, 19
Troubleshooting 36
Tuning to 42
Tuning to a program 42
TV Aspect Ratio 77
TV ratings 30
YPbPr 7, 59, 79
Z
Zoom 79
U
Unlock a particular program 32
User profile
spending limit 2
viewing hours 2
Index
V
Video Output 59, 77
W
Warranty 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 60
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Notes
Notes
The
Fine
Print
ACTIVATION OF PROGRAMMING MAY BE SUBJECT TO CREDIT APPROVAL AND REQUIRES VALID SERVICE ADDRESS,
SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER AND/OR MAJOR CREDIT CARD. DEPOSIT OR PREPAYMENT MAY BE REQUIRED. Programming subject to change. DIRECTV services not available outside the U.S. DIRECTV programming is sold separately and independently of DIRECTV System hardware. A valid programming subscription is required to operate DIRECTV System hardware. Activate your
DIRECTV programming today at 1-800-DIRECTV (1-800-347-3288). Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. Singular
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Due to restrictions imposed by copyright holders, certain programming may include content protection measures that may restrict viewing
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Icon Reference
Arrow Icons
Indicate that a show’s start or end time is earlier or
later than is visible in the Guide program cell.
LEFT and RIGHT arrows move the highlight in
the indicated direction.
Objects are scrollable above or below the visible
window.
UP and DOWN arrows move the highlight in the
indicated direction.
Scheduler Icons
Shows an Autotune has been set for a future program,
or a present program is Autotuned.
Indicates an Autotune has been set for all episodes
of an ongoing program.
Indicates an Autotune set for a present or future
program conflicts with another scheduled program.
Shows an Autotune has been set for matching
programs in a “Find by.”
Indicates a present or future pay per view program
has been scheduled for purchase.
Other Icons
Denotes one or more alternate audio tracks available
for a program.
Denotes that no alternate audio tracks available.
Indicates one or more new messages are in the
Inbox.
Indicates no new messages are in the Inbox.
Shows that Parental Control limits are currently
“locked.”
Shows that limits are temporarily unlocked.
Shows that there are no current limits imposed.
Indicates a rating level or channel that is blocked via
Parental Controls.
Indicates a pay per view program is available as an
All Day Ticket replay.
Indicates program shown in letterbox format.
Denotes an error condition has occurred.